Training Our Future Environmental Leaders

Have you ever thought about how trimming an apple tree is a lot like teaching a child to develop positive life skills?

As the apple tree develops a root structure its branches shoot out wildly, seeking the sun.

Trees NC volunteer and Randolph County Cooperative Extension agent Mary Helen Fergunson knows that by properly trimming a young apple tree she increases the chances that the tree will develop the structure required to carry its heavy load of fruit.

By sharing her knowledge with members of the "Little Eagles" at Central Boys and Girls Club, Mary Helen is helping youth to develop skills that contribute to a better future - a respect of the natural environment and pride in their neighborhood.

And, you can believe that the apples that grow from the trees planted outside the Central Boys and Girls Club will be enjoyed for generations!